Residence permits for highly skilled migrants and researchers

From 1 July 2015 onwards, highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers that have applied for an extension of their residence permit will be able to collect their extended residence permit at one of the Expatcenter branches. Up until then it was only possible to collect permits that were awarded for the first time. The application forms for highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers will be adapted and published at www.ind.nl. 

Residence permits for recent graduates

Also from 1 July 2015 onwards, recent graduates from Dutch colleges and universities and academics from abroad that have successfully applied for an Orientation Year residence permit, which allows graduates to search for employment in the Netherlands for up to a year, can collect their permit at an Expatcenter. The respective application form will also be adapted.

Biometric data services

In addition, highly skilled migrants, researchers and recent graduates applying for ‘seeking employment’ status can now deliver the required biometric photographs and fingerprints at an Expatcenter. The IND is now present at eight Expatcenters, in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Wageningen and Enschede. Find more information about these Expatcenters at

www.ind.nl/zakelijk/werkgevers (website in Dutch).